Chris Anderson

Turn the urge to purge into a cash surge

Turn the urge to purge into a cash surge

Your home is starting to resemble an episode of "Hoarders," but without the tearful back story.

Sure, that armoire is gorgeous. But you never use it. Those antique candlesticks that Grandma gave you are just collecting dust. And what about all those clothes in your closet that still have the price tags attached?

It's time to purge.

Purging is always the first rule of thumb at the start of any project, said Stephanie Bradshaw, a Baltimore stylist who also does residential and commercial design.

"Whether we are helping design a new living room or purchase the perfect party dress, we must first edit out a few things to bring in the new," Bradshaw...